According to the Council of Textile and Fashion Industries of Australia, Australians send around $500 million worth of fashion clothing to the tip each year, yet over 95% of it can be recycled and reused.
Recycle your clothing to:
Reduce, reuse, recycle. Clothing in good condition can be taken to your local charity store or second-hand clothing shops. You might also sell them through online forums and garage sales, or give them to family and friends. The National Association of Charitable Recycling Organisations (NACRO) ensures its members use all collected goods and proceeds exclusively for their welfare programs. Check with your charity shop to confirm which items are accepted, and remember that leaving items outside a closed store or next to a collection bin is illegal dumping.
A range of other clothing donation programs offer their proceeds to various good causes such as disadvantaged people looking for employment, and local and international communities in need of clothing and footwear.
As a last resort, clothing that can't be reused or recycled can be discarded in your kerbside waste bin or through your local hard rubbish collection.
Rid your home of dangerous and toxic waste responsibly, with the free Detox your Home program.
Household paint, batteries and fluorescent lights can be dropped off for free. Check with your local council for details.
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